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ISBN13: 9780143037248
ISBN10: 0143037242
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"Rebecca Solnit's marvelous new book of essays, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, is about the spaces between stability and risk, solitude, and the occasional claustrophobia of ordinary life. She explores the mysterious without puncturing the mystery, and that is a remarkable achievement indeed."
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"Theroux is at his best when he tells [people’s] stories, happy and sad . . . Theroux’s great mission had always been to transport us beyond that reading chair, to challenge himself—and thus, to challenge us." — Boston Globe

A decade ago, Paul Theroux’s best-selling Dark Star Safari chronicled his epic overland voyage from Cairo to Cape Town, providing an insider’s look at modern Africa. Now, with The Last Train to Zona Verde, he returns to discover how both he and Africa have changed in the ensuing years.

Traveling alone, Theroux sets out from Cape Town, going north through South Africa, Namibia, then into Angola, encountering a world increasingly removed from tourists’ itineraries and the hopes of postcolonial independence movements. After covering nearly 2,500 arduous miles, he cuts short his journey, a decision he chronicles with unsparing honesty in a chapter titled “What Am I Doing Here?” Vivid, witty, and beautifully evocative, The Last Train to Zona Verde is a fitting final African adventure from the writer whose gimlet eye and effortless prose have brought the world to generations of readers.

"Everything is under scrutiny in Paul Theroux’s latest travel book—not just the people, landscapes and sociopolitical realities of the countries he visits, but his own motivations for going where he goes . . . His readers can only be grateful." — Seattle Times

“If this book is proof, age has not slowed Theroux or encouraged him to rest on his achievements . . . Gutsy, alert to Africa's struggles, its injustices and history.” — San Francisco Chronicle

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The worlds most acclaimed travel writer journeys through western Africa from Cape Town to the Congo.

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“A meditation on the pleasures and terrors of getting los”

The New Yorker

“This indispensable California write‛s most personal book yet”

San Francisco Chronicle

“An intriguing amalgam of personal memoir, philosophical speculation, natural lore, cultural history, and art criticism . . . a book to set you wandering down strangely fruitful trails of thought”

Los Angeles Times

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Whether she is contemplating the history of walking as a cultural and political experience over the past two hundred years (Wanderlust), or using the life of photographer Eadweard Muybridge as a lens to discuss the transformations of space and time in late nineteenth-century America (River of Shadows), Rebecca Solnit has emerged as an inventive and original writer whose mind is daring in the connections it makes. A Field Guide to Getting Lost draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Solnit's own life to explore issues of wandering, being lost, and the uses of the unknown. The result is a distinctive, stimulating, and poignant voyage of discovery.

About the Author

Rebecca Solnit is the author of ten books. In 2003, she received the prestigious Lannan Literary Award.

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Tom Gehrig, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Tom Gehrig)
This book took me by surprise. I loved the title and have read a couple of other books by Ms. Solnitt. I'm a fan. I loved it because it was so personal, yet written in a very artful way...almost poetry. Unexpected juxtapositions happen, which are both surreal and real at the same time, which I loved. Expect the unexpected with Solnit. She is an artist.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143037248
Author:
Solnit, Rebecca
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Theroux, Paul
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Arts
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
United States Description and travel.
Subject:
Landscape -- United States.
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
Africa
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 368 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143037248 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

"Rebecca Solnit's marvelous new book of essays, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, is about the spaces between stability and risk, solitude, and the occasional claustrophobia of ordinary life. She explores the mysterious without puncturing the mystery, and that is a remarkable achievement indeed."

"Synopsis" by , The worlds most acclaimed travel writer journeys through western Africa from Cape Town to the Congo.
"Synopsis" by , “A meditation on the pleasures and terrors of getting los”

The New Yorker

“This indispensable California write‛s most personal book yet”

San Francisco Chronicle

“An intriguing amalgam of personal memoir, philosophical speculation, natural lore, cultural history, and art criticism . . . a book to set you wandering down strangely fruitful trails of thought”

Los Angeles Times

"Synopsis" by ,

Whether she is contemplating the history of walking as a cultural and political experience over the past two hundred years (Wanderlust), or using the life of photographer Eadweard Muybridge as a lens to discuss the transformations of space and time in late nineteenth-century America (River of Shadows), Rebecca Solnit has emerged as an inventive and original writer whose mind is daring in the connections it makes. A Field Guide to Getting Lost draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Solnit's own life to explore issues of wandering, being lost, and the uses of the unknown. The result is a distinctive, stimulating, and poignant voyage of discovery.

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